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SKI HOLIDAYS TIGNES


 

SKI HOLIDAYS IN TIGNES

The resort of Tignes itself is made up of four smaller villages, with a reliable 24hr free bus service flitting frequentl between them. The highest of the villages, Tignes Val Claret is nested on the mountainside at 2100m with pisted runs stretching to a height of 3656m. Tignes has staked itself as one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, meaning it is almost unmatched in snow reliability. As such, we are able to offer ski holidays in Tignes from November right through to the beginning of May. Even in a disappointing season, when the snow is thin on the ground in resort, the Grand Motte glacier can be relied upon to provide an exhilarating day of skiing. This promise of guaranteed white stuff makes ski holidays in Tignes a popular option.

Together with it’s swankier sibling, Val Disere (which is just one short lift away), Tignes forms the renowned Espace Killy ski area. With beginner slopes, 300km of pisted runs for the intermediates and a vast expanse of off-piste just waiting to be tracked out by the more advanced adrenalin junkies.

Tignes is a lively and family friendly resort with endless opportunities for fun both on and off the mountain and with a transfer time of under 2 hours from Chambery airport or under 3 hours from Geneva it always remains a popular choice.

 

SKIING IN TIGNES

The high altitude and the gift of two glaciers in the Espace Killy area mean that, no matter how bad the snow seems in resort you are guaranteed to have a great snow-filled day on the piste.  With the Espace Killy ski area providing an astonishing 300km of groomed pistes and Tignes alone having 154km, there is something suited for every ability.

Tignes Val Claret boasts an impressive snow park with relatively modest kickers for those wanting to practise and perfect their freestyle, but for the big air and the kick-ass black kickers the Val d’Isere park is where you want to be. Even if you’re not brave enough to hit them yourself, it always provides some jaw-dropping spectatorship.

What sets Tignes apart from other resorts in the freestyle department is it's famous half pipe. Originally carved for the winter X games, the Superpipe has provided air to some of the biggest legends in recent snowsports history.

If it’s speed you are after then check out the Sache run (famed as the most difficult run in the whole of the Espace Killy), 10km of pant-wetting black run which leads you straight from the ‘eye of the needle’ and down into Tignes le Brevieres. However if you’re looking for something a little more gentle head for the Grande Motte, a 6.5km of wide sweeping blue, moving through an elevation of 1300m from top to bottom.

The fact that Tignes and Val D’Isere are so close together and tightly knitted means it's easy to find yourself whizzing from an altitude of 3656m in the clouds of TIgnes, past the Folie Douce, down into the enchanted forest tree runs of Val D’Isere and before you know it, your Super Tignes lift pass just won’t cut the mustard anymore. We always recommend that intermediate and advanced skiers go for the full area ski pass as it’s so easy to flit between the two and you would not want to find yourself stuck, or worse... limited.

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION IN TIGNES

When it comes to choosing accommodation in Tignes the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ could not be more true. Tignes Val Claret, in particular, is renowned for having some of the smallest and most unimpressive apartments in the alps, but even the smallest upgrade can make the biggest difference. In the same vein, if you are after luxury accommodation, the extra money gets you hot tubs, spas and huge roaring fireplaces, which, after a long day on the slopes, are worth every penny.

What the accommodation in Tignes lacks in charm, it more than makes up for in practicality and price. Purely due to the location of the fantastic ski area, means that it's functionality as a resort beats all those picturesque, wooden chalet, postcard villages further down the valley. Although most of the accommodation in the resort is modest and apartments are notoriously small, this is more than compensated for by proximity of the apartments to the ski lifts. With every apartment only a stone’s throw from the first lift in the morning, and many of the accommodation blocks even offering ski-in, ski-out accessibility.

When choosing your accommodation in Tignes it is important to assess the purpose it will serve; if you are looking for a family space in which to eat, socialise and spend a lot of your time, then it definitely makes sense to spend a little more and get more communal space and a more plush environment. However, if you will be heading from piste to bar to bed, then it’s worth saving the money for beers and sacrificing on space.

 
APRES SKI IN TIGNES

Just one glance at the village of Tignes Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac will tell you that they take the apres ski just as seriously as the skiing itself, just as it should be! No matter where you are staying, you are never too far from a cold beer or a vin chaud.

Whether you are looking to dance on the table in your ski boots at the original Folie Douce, relax by a fireplace with a hot chocolate, or dip into a stringy cheese fondu with some friends, the abundance of bars, clubs and restaurants mean that whatever you want, you can get. And with the nightclubs often staying open until 7am, the ‘Last call, first lift’ mantra can become a real struggle.

But the party does not end with the bars, being a family resort, Tignes seems to have every option covered. If it’s first lift and fresh tracks you are after, or if the kids have an early meet with the ski school then you may fancy a quieter evening at the bowling, cinema or even the exhilarating toboggan run down to Tignes La Brevieres. If you are looking for a bit of magic and enchantment, then hop onto a sled, straight out of Narnia, and have the huskies tow you through the snow and into the night.

 

TRANSFERS TO TIGNES

Ben's Bus offers shared Tignes Airport Transfers and are almost certainly the cheapest way of getting from the airport to Tignes.